The UK is in the process of introducing the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme, a cap-and-trade scheme aimed at companies who’s electricity consumption exceeded 6,000 MWh in 2008 and are not included in other schemes, such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. All schools and universities and all central government departments are also covered by the legislation. I gave some background when it was still being considered last year, as well as the implications for IT operations.
Anyway, the process is that anyone who is on half-hourly electricity meters, thought to be around 20,000 companies, must disclose their energy use, while those who exceed the 6,000 MWh power limit, expected to be around 5,000 companies, must join the cap-and-trade scheme.
All companies have to register by September 30th, just three months away, with potential fines of £5,000 plus £500 per day for late registration. (Registration started on April 1st).
The news is that as of June 28th 2,983 companies had made an information declaration and 522 companies had registered as CRC participants. So halfway through the registration period just 15% of the total expected number of companies have disclosed their energy use and 10% of the expected number have registered as participants.
A wide range of organisations have registered, including airports, banks, football clubs, building societies, airlines, the BBC, department stores, supermarkets, pharmaceutical companies, a betting company, food groups, tyre companies, an F1 racing team, engine manufacturer, insurance companies and a travel group.
The list also includes a number of ICT companies/subsidiaries, including Capgemini, CA, Dell, Fujitsu, Hutchison 3G, Intel UK, Logica, Oracle, Sage, Steria, Unisys and Xchanging.
There’s still lots of time, but it does indicate the challenges with legislation like this. It means there are potentially 17,000 companies in the UK that must calculate their energy use before the end of September.
For many of these companies it may be fairly straightforward to provide the information needed, but for those that fall within the scheme it becomes more complicated. These companies need to calculate emissions and do it for all fuels they use (not just electricity). A spreadsheet may not be good enough – certainly not for any growing company - so there are, potentially, 4,500 organisations in the UK turning to their IT departments for help in implementing carbon emissions management software in the next three months.
IT departments may want to be prepared and green IT software suppliers need to gear up for a rush (if they haven’t already).